Never been one to chintz on “Green Scene” updates, especially from something as crazy, as massive and as foretelling as a U.S. Open (which, folks, will be in Pierce County in three SHORT years).
These past two days, thought, it has been impossible to provide updates. The reason? Rental-car vandalism and laptop burglary.
On Wednesday night, as colleague/sports columnist John McGrath and I sat at a restaurant for dinner (click here to see where not to eat) in Fremont, Calif. – 20 miles north of San Jose along Hwy. 880 – a car of thieves were making the rounds in the parking lots. Four cars were hit in the span of 90 minutes.
The rear-passenger window in our sports utility vehicle was smashed. Both laptops, hidden on the floor, were gone.
Our problems became two-fold: 1, How do we replace a vehicle we rented back in Tacoma? 2, What is the soonest time frame we could get new laptops sent to us from headquarters?
1A: Well, that was the easy one, but very time-consuming. Since the police in Fremont would not come out to take a crime report (only filed online), we had to wade around that issue with the insurance and rental car companies.
We were redirected to San Francisco International Airport on Thursday morning to exchange cars, thus missing most of the opening U.S. Open round of our only local golfer – Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley.
2A: A little longer process. New laptops were sent out by next-day delivery late Wednesday night – and would not make it Thursday. So all first-round stories were either done by Verizon wireless phone, a borrowed USGA laptop for 45 minutes or the old-fashioned way via dictation.
The replacement computers did arrive Friday at The Olympic Club media center. We opened the packaged boxes like they were Christmas gifts.
Anyway, some story links:
* McGrath tackled the 15 minutes of fame for teenager Beau Hossler, Jr., who held the sole lead for that amount of time Friday. Hossler was the medalist at last summer’s U.S. Junior Amateur at Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Gorst.
* It was another up-and-down week for Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley, who missed the cut Friday at 10-over-par 150. Observation: He is going through much-needed changes, and is headed back in the right direction after three hellish months.
* What more could the media giants want with this U.S. Open, since Tiger Woods shares the lead at the midway point? Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms boast a lot of majors’ experience.